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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas MMfe mm m New Texas August Texas mechanic runs a different kind of garage O A Kt A A 11 i i Page 7 SAN ANTONIO AP Where do you find an honest mechanic these days Its a question people pose to each other over a few beers and a dish of or while standing around the office water cooler comparing Ever since GO Minutes surrep titiously filmed mechanics piercing perfectly good tires with knives theyd concealed in their pockets well before that blistering ex pose people have dreaded trips to the Jim owner of Chris tian hopes his approach to things as a bornagain Christian helps customers to have confidence in The J in the company name stands for Jim the K for his deceased Mary I give the Lord credit for all he gesturing around his order threebay garage on Eisenhauer Im just His emissary down Coming from some pompadour diamondencrusted TV this statement might elicit moans and eye But com ing from a jolly man in a blue uniform and gimme it has the ring of One things definite he has the most unusual garage in Theres the same smell of oil and rub the same highpitched zing from drills and whoosh of air from pneumatic The cinder block bay area is much like any its walls festooned with black draping rubber and myriad metal In side the theres the same fake wood vinyl soft drink machine and rack of But instead of posters of halfnaked women with car parts propped on their the back wall holds a pen cil sketch of Christ comforting a and a heartshaped pla que proclaiming Jesus On an opposite wall a sign reads No No Peace Know Know Across from that a devoutly praying Jesus has been painted on a chunk of lacquered And in the Wicker magazine instead of gir ly magazines or issues of Car and youll find stacks of National Redbook and Ladies Home a recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue peaks out but at least the corners arent Oarage manager Jimmy whom Skinner made coowner after his wife succumbed to leukemia last says business is extremely even though their only adver tising is through We used to make a he says In his New Jersey Now there are times when we make a He says much of their trade comes from the military not surpris local Some clients are attracted by the sign with its large painted ichthys a fish shaped Christian symbol for Ive never been much of a the 54yearold Skin ner Jimmys got the same sayso here as I Everybody answers directly to And ldont make any big decisions without talk ing to him And without doing a whole lot of Some people come in here think ing they can take advantage of us because were a Christian says who comes from a Catholic I can spot them like a bad Theyll say theyre from a certain for in Love Continued from Page 6 The relationship was bul the younger woman was not sure why She prayed that she might be blessed with a calm spirit and that the Lord would help her say the right tiling She baked a pie arid prepared a thermos of coffee and went to visit her not knowing what kind o reception she would The older womans expression was not very It was one of What are you doing here1 looks The young woman would not be discouraged She was determined to act in a loving way She began 1 in not sure what it but i must have done something to hurt you and I want to ask you to forgive me I and 1 just want us to get back lo being a family again Can l we Her words were lost as the other readied out her arms and they hugged each other Sins that stressed the relationship were now covered by a blanket of love When liods love covers it is as i that sin never existed Tins is described by the prophet Isaiah Speaking for lie even 1 am hiwho blots out transgres for my own and remembers your sins no more Isaiah NIV clod Is telling us that His lovt so completely covers our sins that He not only forgives but also forgets all about our wrongdo ings Our love may not be so perfect Tin knowledge ol wrongs done to us may not vanish so completely our wound ed spun may not quickly heal Our ahiliu to forgive and forget may be weak or even nonexistent This is a l line to reach out to allow ing His love to till us in by His wi lind the love to cover the sins of others forgiving and forgetting Continued from Page 6 place you can get to know people and a place that you are needed and lov ed all V25 7107 for more informa tion OLPHtohold flea sale The third annual flea market and home craft sale at Our Lady of 1erpetual Help Church will be held 15 from 8 to There will be an air conditioned food home crafts and old Call 6296111 or 6253534 tor information about renting floor space or All proceeds will go the parish hall Episcopal Pay School still has openings Johns Episcopal Day School has a few openings for the fall and spring Classes are available in the B months to 20 mon ths Mothers Day Out program on Mondays and Fridays from 9 to and in the 3yearold pro grain from a a to noon with op tiojial afternoon care until CaJl Susan Peteete at 0253977 Sarah Reeves at then try to get off without paying their They think we wont battle it out in 1 We work real well says I did a lot of praying and lo and behold Jimmy showed Up here twoandahalf years Me just walked in and He takes up for areas Im weak and vice who says his prices are very comparable to other estimates his clientele is split up equally between believers and non Do any of his customers suspect the Christian motif is a gim mick there are some people who are unsure at says there are people who are adds But you get people like that in every Skinner was born in He got his taste for grease at 18 work ing in the factory of his an In After spending 20 years in the during which time he studied in more than 60 automotive training he retired to become a shop After that he worked for a California travel ing around the country training peo ple in the use of various automotive In 1978 he came down to San An where he was left high and dry by the With no im mediate plans for the and with a wife who liked the he decided to stay on and work for a man who owned a garage on Hildebf the man later moved his shop to Haffy 1ft 1981 Skifihef finally got his own shop oh Mary Kay was his second wife he is divorced from his and also served as the catalyst behind his con who calls himself a Christian then a Lutheran wasnt particularly religious until the day his wife walk ed in with some father startling She came to me and Youre not going to believe but Ive had a Theres going to come a time when Im not going to be with you and Kerri Dawn his daughter from the first and I want you to join the church so youll be After that we said the Lords Prayer and right then a bunch of birds In our chimney chimney swifts broke into And theyve been singing to me ever Customers amble in and out of the shop all Some hang around for coffee and the everpresent One man is eager to add his Ive been coming to Jim for eight and these people stand behind their They guarantee They dont pull any pun After that a teacher from Plus a nearby Catholic church and wants to put in his These guys are extremely Its not very often youll find somebody who does an honest they drop me off at Skinner murmurs Praise God during these A little while when a priest is seen sauntering about the he doesnt seetti at all out of Skinner insists a person doesnt have to be deeply religious to work in his Its not for me to judge that he adding hes been blessed with good mechanics through the Zawatskis a financial handles the companys health and life Presently a 17yearold exhigh school dropout named John works for Skinner half a day as part of an Alamo Heights High School voca tional Patsy an Alamo Heights vocational adjust ment heard about Skin ners shop through the grapevine and figured it might be a good place for a youth to spend some Those people are just so wonderful and sup she John is currently becoming a specialist in lawn mower But there are certain rules of garage Theres no cuss ranting or throwing of tools says who ad mits to having a violent temper before being I wont put up with This is a Christian and when customers come in they dont expect to hear someone taking the Lords name in Ill fire them in a says Theyreoutta Skinner arrives at his shop each morning at 6 to spend about 40 minutes reading his Then he says a few prayers for protection of the shop and Weve never had a serious accident he Prayer comes in he whenever he encounters a particularly thorny car he prayer can also help when business slacks When its very sometimes Ill pray for the Lord to steer people here who want to come He occasionally plays host to afterhour car clinics for groups of women of eight or usually from the various And he of fers free labor to Youth for Christ and the Christian Athletic Associa Zawatski shows off a recent let ter he received from the local chapter of the Ronald McDonald thanking Christian Automotive for fixing a womans brakes The womans son is currently receiving care for cancer in a local McDonald When asked if he thinks Its a bit ironic that his shop is located near one of the seedier sections of Austin Skinner just shrugs a He wasnt even aware of the fact his garage lies directly behind Dirty Sal the nowdefunct Austin Highway strip until a customer pointed it out to him one I kind of said to Oops But then 1 so what Its not for me to I cant hold anything against someone because they make their living in a different Bound SALE 25 OFF LEVlS JEANS FOR CHILDREN stink I Uuitwcajs in i lui s itii ijicU In alliniiuiukimii Tuddlu Uiys Buys 47 anil I JirK TOPS FOR YOUNG MEN MUVII prinii front anil bark on woven lu novclt striped klulswilh and atilung logo in 1 In inoslwonted looks in the honest lolursul 25 OFF BUY 2 MAIDENPORM GET 1 FREE Knurr slut k Sweet or Oelttiables Light fibjerfUl soft undervyires and sizes and colois vary1 by Send dated sales rocipt and special coupon to Maidcnfonn for free Details in store 25 OFF THE NEWEST COSTUME JEWELRY Dazzling D for bark lo jacket 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